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August 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

MONTH IN REVIEW This month, seven local people from ethnic areas were arrested and 22 farmers were charged. Thirty-five people had cases against them dropped and three incarcerated political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Charges and sentences under repressive legislation continued to be handed down at the expense of activists, farmers and ethnic minorities.  On August 15, ten farmers from Naung Cho Township, Shan State, charged in 2014 under Articles 427, 447, 506 and 294 of the Penal Code, faced their 52nd court hearing. A furth... Read more ➤

July 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Month In Review This month 129 sentences were handed down for political reasons, including fines given to 105 farmers for staging a plowing protest. Four political prisoners were released from prison, and a further 110 people, including the aforementioned farmers completed their sentence or had cases against them dropped. One person was arrested, two political prisoners are reported to be in bad health and trespassing charges were brought against 131 farmers. Charges and sentences under repressive legislation continue to be handed down at the ... Read more ➤

June 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, July 14th, 2016

MONTH IN REVIEW This month 112 civilians were arrested by State forces and ethnic armed groups, 48 of which were subsequently released, 18 individuals were sentenced and 5 were released. Three political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Also this month, 34 activists, journalists and civilians were charged. Authorities continued to arrest and detain activists under outdated legislation and threaten their freedom to peaceful assembly and expression. Fifteen of the 71 workers from Sagaing who were arrested following their peaceful prote... Read more ➤

INTERVIEW (07/2016): International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Posted: Friday, July 1st, 2016

အျပည္ျပည္ဆိုင္ရာညွဥ္းပန္းႏွိပ္စက္မႈ ပေပ်ာက္ေရးေန႔ ၊၂၆ရက္၊ ဇြန္၊ ၂၀၁၆ ကို ND-Burma, ၀ိမုတၱိ၊ တအာင္းအမ်ိဳးသမီးအဖြဲ႔အစည္း ႏွင့္ AJAR တို႔ ပူးေပါင္း၍ ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕၌ က်င္းပခဲ့သည့္ ျမင္ကြင္း .. ... Read more ➤

May 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Summary of the Current Situation: There are 67 political prisoners incarcerated in Burma. 189 activists are currently awaiting trial for political actions, 47 of whom are incarcerated. MONTH IN REVIEW This month, 90 political activists were arrested in total including 71 labor rights activists. Nine individuals were sentenced and 77 were released, 56 of those were labor rights activists. Three political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Also this month, 51 activists were charged. AAPP is yet to confirm the identities and details of ... Read more ➤

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AAPP and FPPS (2016) “After release I had to restart my life from the beginning” The Experiences of Ex-political Prisoners in Burma and Challenges to Reintegration

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Preface Since the military coup d’état in 1962, Burma has been in the grip of authoritarian rule. The junta has consistently practiced oppression, torture, arbitrary detention, and long-term imprisonment against perceived enemies of the regime. As a result, since 1962, thousands of political prisoners have been incarcerated by successive regimes, from the General Ne Win era (1962-1988), through to SLORC (1990- 1997), SPDC (1997-2011) and even the notionally civilian government led by former president U Thein Sein (2011-2016). AAPP resea... Read more ➤

REPORT LAUNCH: “After Release I had to restart my life from the beginning” (2016)

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

AAPP and FPPS launch report entitled ‘“After Release I had to restart my life from the beginning”: The Experience of Ex-political Prisoners in Burma and Challenges to Reintegration’ 25 May 2016 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (“AAPP”) and the Former Political Prisoners Society (“FPPS”) has today – 25 May 2016 – published a report entitled, ‘“After release I had to restart my life from the beginning”: The Experiences of Ex-political Prisoners in Burma and Challenges to Reintegration’. The report is... Read more ➤

April 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016

MONTH IN REVIEW This month, 235 political activists were released following a series of presidential amnesties, two political activists were arrested in total, and 16 individuals were sentenced. Three political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Also this month, 25 activists were charged, of which 12 were farmers. The new NLD government led by President Htin Kyaw took office on April 1. On April 6 the new government created the role of State Counselor, assumed by Aung San Suu Kyi. Her first act was to release a statement on April 7 an... Read more ➤

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PRESIDENTIAL AMNESTY: April 17, 2016, 83 Prisoners Pardoned

Posted: Friday, April 22nd, 2016

On April 17, 2016 the President announced a pardon of 83 prisoners under 401. (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure. AAPP is in the process of verifying this list. Included in the list is Myo Thu Htut, who AAPP has documented as being released on April 8. Also on the list are Tin San, Tin Ngwe, and Myint Htay, all of whom have been documented by AAPP as being released in January. In addition, there are 13 prisoners released from Lashio Prison,Myitkyinar, Sipaw,Kawthoung whose identities and charges AAPP cannot yet confirm. Therefore AAPP belie... Read more ➤

March 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Summary of the Current Situation: There are 110 political prisoners incarcerated in Burma. 428 activists are currently awaiting trial for political actions, 130 of whom are incarcerated. Month In Review This month, 9 political activists were arrested in total, 30 individuals were sentenced and 11 were released. Ten political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Also this month, 8 new charges were piled on activists. On March 15, Htin Kyaw, former political prisoner and resident of Rangoon’s infamous Insein prison, was elected as Burma... Read more ➤